Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
down from the mountain. A house of a non-Muslim lied beside the mountain. The worshipper approached the non-Muslim and begged him for some food. The non-Muslim gave him 4 pieces of bread. (As the worshipper left), the dog of the non-Muslim began to bark at him. The worshipper gave one piece to the dog. After eating it, the dog pursued and barked again. He gave another piece of bread but the dog was still barking. Eventually, he gave all four pieces of bread but the dog did not become silent. Enraged, he said to the dog, ‘O despicable and greedy dog! You have no shame, I have begged your master for food which I have given to you but you still do not leave me.’ The dog replied, ‘I am not more shameless than you! Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bestowed upon you a nice sustenance for many years without any struggle, when He عَزَّوَجَلَّ tested you a little you became so worried that you went to His enemy’s house to beg.’
(Aḥsan-ul-Wi’ā, pp. 144)
Dear Islamic brothers! We have learnt from the foregoing parable that if Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, who bestows upon us innumerable bounties, ever tests us, we should be patient instead of complaining. The following parable would further clarify this point.
41. Mahmud Ayaz and slice of cucumber
It is reported that once a person gifted a cucumber to Sultan Maḥmūd Ghaznawī عَـلَیۡهِ رَحۡـمَـةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـقَـوِی, a renowned devotee of Rasūl. The sultan accepted the gift and gave the person a reward. He then cut off a slice and handed it to his beloved slave Ayāz who consumed the slice relishing its taste. Then, Sultan Maḥmūd cut another slice, this time for himself. As soon as he put it into his own mouth, he spat it out instantly, as it was too bitter. Astonished at Ayāz, he asked, ‘Ayāz! How did you eat such a bitter thing? Even your facial expression did not reveal any sign of displeasure.’ Ayāz replied, ‘Respected Sultan! There is no doubt that the piece of cucumber was extremely bitter.